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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
May 27th Challenge
Hi it’s Christina –
Sunscreen burn on
Good Morning! So, did everyone have a
nice Memorial Day weekend? We did, and we couldn’t have asked for a better one
weather wise either! Saturday we had clouds and showers on and off all day, but
Sunday and Monday were absolutely perfect; a little too perfect for Dani
She spent Sunday and
Monday out at her friend Courtney’s pool, and she’s a bit of a lobster at the
moment. She did try using sunscreen, but she’s allergic to some, not all. The
one they had at Courtney’s caused a reaction, so she couldn’t use it. She sent
me a text, but I had left my phone in the car, so I didn’t see it or I would
have run some over to her.
I wish we could figure out
what it is in sunscreen that causes the reaction, so we could avoid it. It’s
not like we can just find a brand that works and stick to it either, because
they all seem to change their formulas slightly; so one that was fine last
season, may react this season. It’s funny, well not for Dani but, the reaction
she gets from sunscreen mimics a sunburn. Wherever she applies the lotion or
spray, it gets red and has a burning sensation within a few minutes. Now we
have to trial and error until we find one that will work for her this year.
Lys & Tyler going to
Tyler's birthday dinner
Remember I told you we
were going to my girlfriend Sharon’s house on Sunday? Well, we did. I got the
beans and the macaroni salad finished, but I, well, I should say Lys – she’s
back from her visit to Tyler’s, didn’t get the cream cheese brownies done until
yesterday. It wasn’t a big deal because Sunday night’s dessert was s’mores
cooked around this season’s first bonfire.
It was a crystal clear
night, with a ton of stars – well, as much of a “ton” as we can get in Jersey,
which is nothing like what you folks in the Midwest get. Why couldn’t Friday
night have been like that, so we could have seen the meteor shower?
Sharon had two friends
from Pennsylvania, Wendy and Brian, visiting for the weekend, and the three of
them tackled various projects which needed to be done around Sharon’s house.
Maybe “needed” isn’t the correct word, “liked” is probably better, because
check out this project they worked on.
How cool is that? Wendy saw
it on Pintrest, and made one for herself and for her mother-in-law. Then she
showed the photo to Sharon, and Sharon fell in love with the idea. Wendy
explained how it was done, and I’m thinking I may be making one or two of my
own. My house is red with white shutters, so, although adorable, the blue and
yellow combination won’t work for me; but I was thinking maybe red, white and
blue would. Since one of my shepherd’s hooks mysteriously disappeared so I
couldn’t hang my matching pots by the front door, I thought one of these on
each side of my porch would look nice. Stay tuned, it may or may not get done
for this season.
Croquet - Nan, Wendy and me in the
Yesterday, we went back to
Sharon’s. Her mom, “Nan”, her brother Kenny, and his wife Daryl were there as
well, and we had a traditional Memorial Day picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs,
potato, macaroni and pasta salads, deviled eggs and beans. After lunch we had a
rousing game of croquet. Nan, the reigning croquet shark, came in dead last,
which was unprecedented. Lys, who has only played once before, won the game. It
was a relatively tame game, as no one sent anyone else’s ball.
After Kenny, Daryl, Wendy
and Brian left, the remaining six of us sat down to a game of “I’ll buy that” (sort
of similar to Florida or Liverpool Rummy, or Toonerville Rook), a favorite card
game whenever we get together. I am happy to report, I finished in the middle
of the pack for that game as well. Lys won and my husband lost. Yesterday was
Lys’ day for winning.
Well, I now need to be at
work two hours earlier than I was originally supposed to be, so I should get
going. I hope you have a marvelous Monday, and happy writing!
Your Last Challenge was:
fingers grabbed my wrist in the darkness…
friend Annemarie has been on my case forever about getting back into shape. I
have put on a few pounds, and my sedentary job has caused me to go rather
flabby, but I hated to exercise. I would rather poke needles into my eyes then
step foot in a gym. So, Annemarie is always trying to come up with fun creative
ways to get my butt into gear.
gone for numerous strolls on the beach, a flower scavenger hunt through the preserve,
a dance flash mob appearance in the mall, a Zumba class at the local library,
and this evening, an energetic game of Frisbee in the park.
been at it for almost an hour, and it was starting to get dark, but Annemarie
insisted on ten more minutes. Reluctantly, I agreed. Her very next throw went a
bit wild, and even though I jumped, the Frisbee soared over my head and landed
in the wood twenty feet behind me.
yell to Annemarie, “Lord help you if I get poison ivy,” and then I trudged into
the woods to retrieve our Frisbee. The light was already dim, and under the
canopy of trees, it was almost completely dark. Thankfully the Frisbee was neon
orange, or I would never have been able to spot it for it was partially
obscured by a bush. As
I bent down and reached under the shrub to retrieve my errant toy, icy fingers
grabbed my wrist.
Your Next Challenge is:
you agree to a blind date. You meet the person at the restaurant. When you are
seated, the waiter makes eye contact with you while he hands you the menu.
Pasted inside your menu is a note…
You have ten minutes (be
honest). There is no right or wrong, just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t
count, and NO ONE is allowed to criticize what someone else has written. Go.